MINNEAPOLIS He really is a small man to command so much of the spotlight.
An NBA court measures 4,700 square feet. Ricky Rubio measures 6-foot-4, 180 pounds soaking wet, and yet on Tuesday night, he took over every last inch of the hardwood.
On Tuesday, Minnesota's point guard darling did what he's been flirting with for weeks. He logged his first career triple-double, finishing the night with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, snaring a defensive rebound with 9:15 remaining in the game to seal the thing. The crowd roared, the clapping came to a crescendo and the game went on. It was a milestone taken in stride, as so many are, and if you ask Rubio's coach and teammates, it was the first of many.
Minnesota has been on a Rubio triple-double watch for weeks, ever since he came within a rebound of one a rebound that appeared on the stat monitor for a fleeting moment before being credited elsewhere on Feb. 13. Since then, it's been five near-misses, and after a...